Submission Guidelines



  • Do not make more than one submission per submission period.
  • We do not accept e-mail submissions; all work must be submitted through Submittable.
  • Please send all work in one file.
  • Our team is filled with creatives who understand the agony of the wait. We will respond to your work within Two months, if not sooner. 
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • We do not accept previously published works.


  • There are no format restrictions. Limit your submission to 5 poems totaling no more than 10 pages.


  • Authors should limit submissions to no more than 15 pages in total.


  • Authors should limit submissions to no more than 15 pages in total. We are not looking for academic essays.


  • There are no medium or style restrictions. Please limit your submission to no more than 5 works.
  • Please list titles for each work and include an artist’s statement in your cover letter.



January 2022:

Chapbook Manuscripts

Poetry & Fiction


February 2022:

Nonfiction & Art


We’re paying $5 per accepted piece



Each year, usually in the winter, we hold an open reading period for chapbooks and occasionally for novellas and full-lengths. These readings include the whole team and selections are made on a majority vote. Each summer we also hold a contest where a judge outside of the current masthead will select a winner and us an editors’ pick.

Guidelines & Notes


  • For chapbook manuscripts of poetry, fiction, & nonfiction we’re looking for work between 18 and 60 pages (we don’t mind small variances).
  • We would prefer to read a document that is letter sized, in 10, 11, or 12 point font, and as a .doc(x) or a .pdf format.
  • Manuscripts may contain work that has been published elsewhere as long as you have the rights to them.
  • We only accept work through submittable. Please do not email submissions to any of our editors!
  • We pay our authors royalties on books sold and cover all costs of publishing.
  • Our books are distributed with Small Press Distribution.

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